The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Sexual Predators
6 journalers for this copy...
Great for the Law and Order buff. Roy Hazelwood is a FBI sexual criminal profiler. Not quite a science or reference book, would have picked physchology or thriller as a category. It is gruesome by its completely cold telling of horific acts.
Journal Entry 2
Crystal City Mailboxes (Crystal Gateway) in Arlington, Virginia USA on Friday, March 26, 2004
I was releasing a couple of books in tiatia's book exchange box, along with a pile of BookCrossing information brochures, and this book caught my eye. Not only did this hardcover book not fit in the box well, it looked like an interesting book (albeit disturbing). I don't know if I'll actually get a chance to read this, with my huge TBR pile, but in any event I will pass it along.
This book uses Roy Hazelwood's experiences to show the evolution of the current investigative tools and techniques used for violent sex crimes. Given the success of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, much of the material here is now pretty well known and commonly accepted. It was quite enlightening to be reminded that the investigation of these crimes was once treated very differently. Hazelwood's focus on research helped him develop new tools and techniques that have terrifically improved both the ability to capture these deviant criminals, as well as the reputations of the dedicated investigators who persue them.
Unfortunately, the author's tendancy to jump around significantly weakens the book. He repeatedly interrupts his descriptions of various investigations to insert details from other investigations. While it looks like he's attempting to show the parallels that enabled Hazelwood to develop his theories, it makes it difficult to keep the details straight and is sometimes quite confusing. Several times I found myself backing up and re-reading sections to clarify the point the author was trying to make.
This book, by its very nature, includes a great deal of disturbing material. Readers that do not care for violence or graphic content should be aware that they are likely to find this book highly uncomfortable.
Because of the disturbing content of this book, I've been reluctant to simply release it into the wild. After a number of inquiries, I've finally found a new home for it. I will be passing it on to PrettyPoodle as soon as we can arrange a mutually convenient meeting.
Going into the mail to PrettyPoodle today.
Thank you so much for the RABCK!
I was rather reluctant to start this book, thinking it might just be *too* graphic for my tastes, but I am glad I finally picked it up. I guess after reading 2 chick lit book back to back I needed a dose of reality.
I hesitate to say I found it enjoyable lest people think I am looney, but it was an interesting, though gory and graphic book.
Thanks again ResQgeek!
Journal Entry 9
-- By Post or Hand, Ray/ring, Rabck, Meet-up in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, July 10, 2005
Released 16 yrs ago (7/10/2005 UTC) at -- By Post or Hand, Ray/ring, Rabck, Meet-up in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA
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This was caught at a Bookcrossing meeting in KoP. Prettypoodle says it is an interesting read, so I'm moving this book to the top of my TBR pile!
This was an intriguing read and not nearly as graphic as I expected. Definitely something for the true crime buff.
Released 14 yrs ago (1/27/2007 UTC) at
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Look for this book in the hotel lobby.
No one picked this up, so I've brought it back to release somewhere else.
Picked this up while browsing the book buffet at the Charleston BC Convention! It was nice to meet you Dina. What a funny coincidence that the book you were describing to me was the one I picked up LOL, even more so that we live so close to each other. You may see Sci and I if we can make it one day! :-)
For the most part I enjoyed the book in the sense that I was curious. However, I did find myself falling in and out of interest at some times. When I read the first chapter, I really did think that it was going to move at a snail's pace, but it did pick up. It is quite shocking knowing what another human being will do to another...
Will be sending this to red-hotbrat for the Non-Fiction Swap. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks Turtle. As a true crime, SS, & horror buff .... I'm sure I will enjoy this one. I even have someone in mind to pass it along to when I'm finished. :D